Baptist World Alliance (BWA) General Secretary Neville Callam was presented with the Campbellsville University Leadership Award on March 25 at the university’s campus in the state of Kentucky, in the United States.
Callam was recognized “for his dedicated and extraordinary career as an educator, theologian and ecumenist, pastor and church administrator.” He was lauded for his “leadership positions with the Jamaica Baptist Union and the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship resulting in his being the first person from the Global South to be appointed as the general secretary and chief executive officer of the BWA.”
Callam, a Jamaican, was elected general secretary of the BWA in July 2007 in Accra, Ghana. He is the first person of color and the first BWA general secretary who is neither European nor American.
The BWA, formed in 1905, is a fellowship of 231 conventions and unions in 121 countries and territories comprising 40 million members in 177,000 churches.
Campbellsville University, with enrollment of 3,200 students, is a private liberal arts institution founded by Baptists in 1906. It offers almost 100 programs of study at the undergraduate, masters, postgraduate and pre-professional levels.
Callam was the lecturer at Campbellsville University’s Baptist Heritage Lecture Series on March 24 on the topic, World Baptists: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. He was also keynote speaker at the spring 2015 Chapel Convocation Series.